The title of Best Week goes to unnamed NFL front office personnel, who are allowed to say whatever the hell they want without any actual consequences. Because SI was nice enough to let them say dumb **** without their names attached. So as long as you guys have total autonomy, why not go nuts? Let’s hear what else you have to say.-Pete Rozelle killed JFK.-Aqib Talib did 9/11.-RGIII...
In the wake of Seattle’s first major sports championship in 35 years, it’s worth revisiting how the Seattle Seahawks came into existence in the first place — and it’s a story that, on the surface, seems quite simple. Back in 1974, when Seattle was a Supersonics-only town, the city had already broken ground on a stadium (the Kingdome) that could potentially house an NFL team...
"Upon further review" is a new recurring segment in which This Given Sunday analyzes quirks and fascinating tidbits from the NFL's history books.
This weekend in Denver and Seattle, two teams will be eliminated from the NFL playoffs. On Monday, those teams will clean out their lockers and go their separate ways before preparation starts for the 2014 NFL season...
Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson is being honored again in Canton as this year's recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
The former Kansas City quarterback has served as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network since 1982. He was an analyst for NBC from 1976-82. Dawson also hosted HBO's ''Inside the NFL'' from 1977-2001.
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June 28, 2012
Andrew Stewart earned a rare victory against the NFL pension plan this week as a federal judge ruled officials "abused their discretion" in denying the Cleveland Browns defensive lineman disability benefits.
US District Court Judge William Quarles Jr. ordered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan -- a benefit run jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association...
The Houston Texans have won the Pete Rozelle Award for the best media relations department in the NFL.
Houston won the award from the Professional Football Writers of America for the third time in six years and fourth since 2004.
The staff is led by Kevin Cooper, and includes Evan Koch, Zac Emmons, Charles Hampton and Brett Maikowski. Cooper has been on the staff for all four Rozelle...
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June 20, 2012
The NFL Draft was not always a three-day television overrated event, it was much simpler in 1981. The NFL Commissioner was Pete Rozelle and the draft was held at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City.
Check out the 1981 draft broadcast:
Top 5 draft picks of 1981:
1. New Orleans Saints - RB George Rogers
2. New York Giants - LB Lawrence Taylor
3. New York Jets - RB Freeman...
The NFL, which is trying to maintain its TV blackout of home games that don't sell out, missed an opportunity 40 years ago to preserve an even more restrictive policy when it rebuffed an effort by President Richard Nixon to lift the hometown blackout just for playoff games.
On a previously unreported tape recording, now in the National Archives, Nixon told his attorney general...
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February 11, 2012
When the NFL expanded the playoffs in 1978, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle hoped it would increase the popularity of the league. What could be more popular than Tim Tebow taking snaps on the opening weekend? The NFL playoffs, which have since be expanded to 12 teams, have become must-watch entertainment for sports fans, but they have also been watered down.
Oakland Raiders longtime owner Al Davis has died at the age of 82. He served as the team's head coach before becoming its owner. He also was commissioner of the AFL.